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Bob Kuechenberg, a former NFL guard for the Miami Dolphins dies aged 71

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Bob Kuechenberg Bio

Robert John Kuechenberg was born on October 14th, 1947 and died on January 12th, 2019. He was a former National Football League guard for the Miami Dolphins for fourteen seasons between 1970 and 1983, spending the 1984 season on injured reserve. He was a mainstay in a line that included Hall of Famers Larry Little, Jim Langer, and Dwight Stephenson. He played in six Pro Bowls in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Kuechenberg was one of the top 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 2002–2006, and one of the top 17 finalists from 2007–2009, but missed the cut every year. He was inducted into the Miami Dolphin’s Honor Roll on December 15th, 1995. Kuechenberg is the brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker Rudy Kuechenberg.
No. 67
Position: Guard
Bob Kuechenberg Personal information
Bob Kuechenberg Born: He was born on October 14th, 1947 (age 71) Gary, Indiana
Bob Kuechenberg Died: He died on January 12th, 2019
Bob Kuechenberg Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Bob Kuechenberg Weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
Bob Kuechenberg Career information
High school: Hobart (IN)
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 4 / Pick: 80

Bob Kuechenberg  College career

Kuechenberg went to the University of Notre Dame where he played both the offensive and defensive lines. Before college Kuechenberg attended Hobart High School, located in Hobart, Indiana 10 minutes from Gary, and 30 minutes from Chicago. Kuechenberg played football for the Hobart Brickies in his high school years.

Bob Kuechenberg  Professional career

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Kuechenberg as a fourth-round pick in the 1969 NFL Draft. He, however, quite shortly after training camp started and played a season of semi-pro football with the Chicago Owls in the Continental Football League. Kuechenberg then signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1970. He became a regular starter that season as the Dolphins finished 10–4 and made the playoffs for the first time in club history. He helped the Dolphins make it to the Super Bowl in the 1971 season, where they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24–3. In that game, Kuechenberg’s opponent was Hall of Famer Bob Lilly.

The next two seasons the Dolphins won the Super Bowl (going 17–0 in 1972). During that period he was being scouted by New York Post writer Paul Zimmerman who named Kuechenberg on his All-pro ballot. The following season, 1974, was named All-AFC by Pro Football Weekly and was named to his first Pro Bowl. He was named 1st team All-Pro in 1975 and 1978 and was named All-AFC three times. He was Second-team All-Pro in 1977.

In 1986, Bob Kuechenberg was inducted into the American Football Association’s Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2013, President Barack Obama honored the entire 1972 Perfect Season Dolphins at an event in the White House, but Kuechenberg declined to attend for political reasons. He told sports columnist Dave Hyde of Ft. Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel “I want to be careful, because Mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say anything. I don’t have anything good to say about someone.” The Professional Football Researchers Association named Kuechenberg to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2013.

Bob Kuechenberg Wife, Divorce, Children

Bob Kuechenberg wife was Donnah Kuechenberg. The two had one known son Brandon.

In 1999, it was reported that Bob and Donnah Kuechenberg had divorced. Kuechenberg at the time was having trouble with the authorities due to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) which made him cause several accidents including one that he was with his family. In a statement, he said “I was going through the throes of a rough divorce,” Kooch said. The divorce was filed in May and is now final. “I tend to internalize things, and this is what happened. I’m grateful no one was hurt in the accidents. I’m now living with the consequences of my actions. I went to DUI school, and I’m doing what I’m supposed to.”

Bob Kuechenberg Death and Cause

Details of Kuechenberg’s death were not immediately available. The Associated Press reported that Kuechenberg died on Saturday, January 12th, 2019 aged 71.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Bob Kuechenberg,” the Dolphins wrote on Twitter.

In a statement released by the Dolphins, Hall of Fame coach Don Shula called coached Kuechenberg “not only one of the best players I ever coached, but one of the toughest as well.”

Bob Kuechenberg Career History and Awards

Career history
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1969)*
  • Chicago Owls (1969)
  • Miami Dolphins (1970–1984)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (VII, VIII)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1975, 1978)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1977)
  • Miami Dolphins Honor Roll
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